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    by Toughluck Written Jul 6, 2007

    Home of
    Thomas R. Marshall

    Born in NOrth Manchester, March 14, 1854, he practiced law in Columbia CIty until his electio as Governor of Indiana (1909-1913). Served two terms as VIce-President (1913-1931). Died June 1, 1925, and was buried in Indianapolis.

    The home is just two blocks north of the courthouse.

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  • by Simon_Jester Written Oct 4, 2002

    Hilger's Farm Market, while a good place to find fresh meat and produce for reasonable prices, is definitely overrated as a tourist destination. In recent years, they've introduced hayrides, corn mazes, and various other 'country fun' activities in an effort to boost their business. This effort seems halfhearted at best, as the quality of these attractions leaves something to be desired--especially when the relatively steep admission prices are considered.

    This doesn't mean you should avoid the place altogether, though. Hilger's Restaurant has been a part of the scenery for years, and they offer good country-style meals for good prices. And the Farm Market itself is, as said, a worthwhile place to spend some time--you're sure to find a good deal.

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Columbia City Off The Beaten Path

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    Eel River Battlefield
    War of 1812
    After General Wm Henry Harrison relieved Fort Wayne, he ordered Colonel Jame Simrall in September 1812 to prevent further Miami Indiana attacks in the area. The Miamis fled as troops destroyed villages, crops, and supplies along Eel River; Miamis then stood to fight a losing battle on this site.

    Hopefully, the day was warmer and dryer than the day I visited the site. It's now mostly open fields near a junction of 3 roads. Flat ground with the only protection being the trees and the river banks.

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  • by MrWizard51 Written Aug 3, 2006

    I have been here for 9 months and finally took the time to find the Blue River Trail. It was well worth the hunt. A convenient access point for the trail is located on the south side of the city. You will see a sign for the trail just past the first traffic light on SR 9 coming north into the city. Turn right just past the sign and you will find the access point where there is a nice parking area. The trail of course follows the river. It is asphalt paved and is in excellent condition. Along the way there are locations to stop and sit on a bench and just relax and view the river and trees. The trail is well shaded in most places and is therefore cooler in the hot weather. Rolling terrain and beautiful scenery provide for an excellent bike ride or walk. The paved trail ends at the far end of the city park. For the adventurous it continues on with grass at first and then a well worn trail. This portion of the trail is unpaved, but relatively smooth for biking. As near as I can tell, you can go all the way to US 30, but you will have to cut through an easement of a residential area to loop back to the trail access. This requires going through town. The ride is well worth your time.

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  • by Simon_Jester Written Oct 4, 2002

    If you head north from town on US 109 for about 20 miles, you will find signs for 'Merry Lea.' This is a state nature preserve with a small museum and several miles of nature trails. There is an annual sunflower fesival there, but activities continue year-round. (This isn't technically a Columbia City attraction, but it's close.)

    On Jefferson Street, you can find the Thomas R. Marshall Museum, located in the home of the former vice-president. They're open weekdays.

    There are several lakes north of town that offer opportunities for swimming and boating. They include Big Lake Crooked Lake, Loon Lake, Wolf Lake, Bear Lake, and several others.

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